Wednesday, March 24th 2021

Container Ship Meets with an Accident, Clogging the Suez Canal

A super-heavy merchant ship has met with an accident, causing it to turn sideways, and effectively clogging the Suez Canal. The 400 m (1,312 ft) long ship turned sideways, causing it to run aground, into the canal's embankments. Why is this important? Notwithstanding the fact that the incident has caused the biggest backlog of ships at the Suez Canal, a vital trade-route linking Asia and Europe; the Panama-registered ship is operated by Taiwan's largest shipping company, Evergreen. The company, which also owns EVA Air, Taiwan's second largest airline, is believed to handle a bulk of the nation's electronics exports. This particular vessel, bearing the call-sign "Ever Given," was bound for the Dutch port of Rotterdam from China. A mariner aboard its trailing vessel, the Maersk Denver, captured this image of the beached ship. The disruption has caused several days worth shipping backlog, and could affect both ends of the supply-chain.
Sources: BBC, Julianne Cona (Instagram)
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79 Comments on Container Ship Meets with an Accident, Clogging the Suez Canal

#2
_JP_
Serisouly curious to know the flow of events that could have led to that...surely something not as simple as "Rudder got stuck!". :wtf:
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#3
ZoneDymo
_JP_
Seriouly curious to know the flow of events that could have led to that...surely something not as simple as "Rudder got stuck!". :wtf:
TEH SCALPERS TURNED THE WHEEL!!!
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#4
Flanker
You have got to be kidding me lol
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#5
_JP_
ZoneDymo
TEH SCALPERS TURNED THE WHEEL!!!
Too many siphoned Gentle Typhoons and Delta fans apparently created winds strong enough to steer a ~220000 Tonne ship. :wtf:
I made-up that first part of the sentence, in case it wasn't obvious.
Ever Given “was grounded accidentally after deviating from its course due to suspected sudden strong wind,” Taiwan-based Evergreen Line, the time charterer of the vessel, said in an emailed response to questions.
So remember, air pressure is important when pushing air through tight crevices, such as the ones between containers, notwithstanding your radiator too.
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#6
djisas
At this stage, it's fucking on purpose for sure...
Driving the prices further up...
Soon you can trade hardware with gold and precious gems...
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#7
Caring1
If we are all guessing, maybe the captain belonged to Extinction Rebellion and intentionally grounded the vessel to delay shipping and halt commerce.
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#8
Vayra86
ZoneDymo
TEH SCALPERS TURNED THE WHEEL!!!
Yeah that definitely inspired this news story, that's for sure. Clicketyclick!

Surprising how this is tech related... But oh well. Cool pic anyway.
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#9
TheLostSwede
_JP_
Serisouly curious to know the flow of events that could have led to that...surely something not as simple as "Rudder got stuck!". :wtf:
It's Taiwan giving some shit back to China...
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#10
Bubster
It must have been A ransomware attack and the ransom is 100 million dollars of Bitcoin or just a few containers of Nvidia ampere graphics cards
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#11
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
djisas
At this stage, it's fucking on purpose for sure...
Driving the prices further up...
Soon you can trade hardware with gold and precious gems...
I've got an FX5200 AGP that you can have for $500. Bargain. :laugh:
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#12
Caring1
The last thing we all need is blocked Suez.
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#13
Anymal
Ah, here they are, my precious 3090s. Delivery time just get postponed.
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#14
gonsa
When today's technology is transported through this method, this will continue to happen.
Also, it is the single most cause of pollution in the world.
“It has been estimated that just one of these container ships, the length of around six football pitches, can produce the same amount of pollution as 50 million cars. The emissions from 15 of these mega-ships match those from all the cars in the world. And if the shipping industry were a country, it would be ranked between Germany and Japan as the sixth-largest contributor to CO2 emissions.”

I hope it gets stuck forever and they finally come up with different solutions and ways of transportation. This just isn't sustainable.
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#15
PooPipeBoy
"Shit I forgot me wallet, lemme chuck a quick U-ey"
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#16
windwhirl
Holy fucking shit. This has turned into a cosmic joke.
gonsa
they finally come up with different solutions and ways of transportation. This just isn't sustainable.
Pfft, not gonna happen anytime soon. Though there have been a few electric boats, fossil fuels can't be beaten yet.
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#17
AsRock
TPU addict
windwhirl
Holy fucking shit. This has turned into a cosmic joke.


Pfft, not gonna happen anytime soon. Though there have been a few electric boats, fossil fuels can't be beaten yet.
Make the shit our self's. Sure costs will go up but it's going up anyways.
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#18
VulkanBros
According to eb (a danish tabloid newspaper) they had some sort of engine failure
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#19
dgianstefani
gonsa
When today's technology is transported through this method, this will continue to happen.
Also, it is the single most cause of pollution in the world.
“It has been estimated that just one of these container ships, the length of around six football pitches, can produce the same amount of pollution as 50 million cars. The emissions from 15 of these mega-ships match those from all the cars in the world. And if the shipping industry were a country, it would be ranked between Germany and Japan as the sixth-largest contributor to CO2 emissions.”

I hope it gets stuck forever and they finally come up with different solutions and ways of transportation. This just isn't sustainable.
We have sustainable power sources for big ships. It's called nuclear power. And with the exception of some soviet subs, it's been, by and large, accident free. The new reactors on the Ford class US supercarriers are something else.
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#20
Chomiq
VulkanBros
According to eb (a danish tabloid newspaper) they had some sort of engine failure
You only need one propeller to fail for the ship to start to rotate.
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#22
neatfeatguy
They're Bogarting all the GPUs!

I'm going to do what any reasonable person can do, I'm going to march into my local MicroCenter and yell at them for not having enough GPUs! That'll fix this whole thing right away.....yeah, time to yell at people that can't do anything about it.
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#23
droopyRO
dgianstefani
We have sustainable power sources for big ships. It's called nuclear power. And with the exception of some soviet subs, it's been, by and large, accident free. The new reactors on the Ford class US supercarriers are something else.
The problem is, that some terrorists or Somali pirates look at a nuclear container ship as a big free nuclear weapon just for them to use.
Securing civilan ports and ships like you can military ones would be impossible, so we are stuck with burning fuel for now :)
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#24
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Uh oh.

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#25
Caring1
Meh, make the canal wider and then it can't be blocked by one ship.
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